What To Wear When Attending A Winter Wedding

dressing for winter weddings

Winter weddings are special – the agreeable weather makes it ideal for outdoor festivities, and even destination beach and desert weddings are able to showcase their charms without being hindered by excessive heat or humidity. That being said, one thing winter events are guaranteed to be is chilly. And since you can’t turn up in your office parka, we’ve put together a curated list of style tips and product recommendations to help you layer stylishly for winter weddings.

Western formals

You can’t go wrong with suits for weddings. The only rule is to ensure that you don’t upstage the groom. With services similar to Tailorman Wedding Services, most grooms have the men in their family and their groomsmen kitted out in coordinating outfits. Instead if you’re a guest, then a suit would be more than enough. Unless the wedding invite specifies “black-tie”, it’s best to not wear a tuxedo. Especially since there’s a good chance that the groom would be wearing one.

There are a few rules to follow, of course. For example, a day wedding would require you to be in a light color suit. A light grey paired with a white shirt is an excellent choice. Wear a pastel color tie or lose the tie and wear a complementing pocket square so that the grey suit and shirt don’t look too corporate. Pair the grey suit with dark brown derby shoes. Alternatively, go for a navy blue suit. Steer clear of corporate-wear essentials like stripes, checks, and you’ll be fine.

For evenings, wear a suit in a dark color. Black, navy blue, charcoal grey, etc are good choices. If it’s a reception that involves a lot of drinking and dancing, you can opt for a look that’s more party-appropriate with jewel toned shirts and dark suits. And yes, if it’s a festive affair like elaborate Indian wedding parties, you can easily slip into a velvet blazer too.

Of course, the chilly weather is ideal for layering your suits with a waistcoat. Wear one in a matching color or go for something that creates a stark contrast. Accessorise with a tie or bow-tie and pocket-square. If you feel overdressed at any point, you can casually slip off your suit jacket and just have your waist coat on. Do check out our post on how to style your three piece suit too.

Do get suits in heavy winter-friendly fabrics like wood, tweed, and flannel. Look for heavy cloth weight(between 400 – 570 grams) to stay warm. Similarly, opt for full lining over half lining, both for better structure and insulation.


If suits aren’t your thing, then try the Indo-western look. Most Indian weddings do have a ethnic element running throughout, and if dressing up in a top to toe kurta-pyjama-sherwani look feels like too much, stick to adding just one Indian element or two.

Since most western wear and Indian ethnic pieces complement each other well, you can easily add a Nehru jacket to your look. For example, layer it over a shirt and trouser combination. Add a paisley print pocket square to add visual interest to the look. Similarly, team a kurta-pyjama look with a Nehru jacket. Dress it up with a floral shawl. Or go with a floral Nehru jacket and a solid shawl. Some beaded jootis, worn with socks will bring all components of your outfit together for a flawless finish.

Don’t forget the bandhgala either! Wear it over a Mandarin collar shirt and trouser combination. Add a pocket square. If you wish to really indulge, don’t miss out on this chance to wear a velvet bandhgala.

The beauty of winter weddings is that you get a chance to wear velvets, silks and other heavily embellished pieces. Just remember that, when it comes to layering, less is more. Therefore, a maximum of three layers (apart from thermals) can be visible, but no more. And the best way to achieve stylish layering is to ensure that each piece fits well. This will get rid of unsightly stretching and bunching that usually shows up along the shoulders, upper back, waistline, and side seams. Therefore, go for made to measure clothing as much as possible.

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